Being able to think clearly and carry on with day-to-day life can quickly be destroyed with a strong headache. Many people have occasional headaches, but frequent headaches that affect your ability to sleep or take care of simple tasks can be very frustrating.
From pain medication to cold packs, there are countless treatments for immediate headache relief, but very few treatments aim to decrease the frequency of headaches and prevent headaches altogether. Many have found long-term relief for their frequent or chronic headaches in acupuncture and chiropractic care. We highly recommend consulting with a professional if you often have headaches, frequently take a pain reliever for your headaches, your headache pattern changes, or your headaches are getting worse.
Chiropractic for Headache Relief
Chiropractic care is often used for headache management and prevention. Numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating tension headaches, especially headaches that originate in the neck. Each case is different and requires a thorough evaluation before a proper course of chiropractic care can be determined.
Depending on the type of headache and any known triggers, a chiropractic specialist may recommend a combination of spinal manipulation, active and passive exercises, and massage. In most cases of tension and migraine headaches, relief is found through manipulation of the upper two cervical vertebrae, coupled with adjustments to the junction between the cervical and thoracic spine. In addition to chiropractic care, it is very important to avoid food and lifestyle migraine triggers.
Acupuncture for Headache Relief
Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific pressure points and energy meridians on the body. While acupuncture cannot “cure” headaches, many have reported instant headache relief and decreased headache frequency.
Because headaches affect the head, many acupuncture points for headaches are not actually located in the head and neck to avoid making a headache worse. For example, many migraine headaches are associated with the liver, so points might be chosen to cool yang fire in the liver. Tension-type headaches may be related to tension in the neck and shoulders, so the acupuncturist will work to release blockages in those areas.
If you are interested in learning more about chiropractic or acupuncture for headaches, please contact us. We would be happy to meet with you to figure out whether one or both of these treatment methods could provide relief.
BY: Dr. Friedman
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